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‘Embarrassing end’ to Paul Ryan’s career as he gavels closed session in empty chamber during Trump shutdown: Report

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On Friday, columnist Paul Kane detailed in The Washington Post that Republicans are having an embarrassing end of the year, especially for outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan.

He explained that the GOP is ending the year exactly how it started.

“Republicans are ending the 115th Congress in an all-too-familiar spot: standing on the sidelines while President Trump picks a fight they wanted to avoid as he ignores what they consider major conservative accomplishments,” he wrote.

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Republicans had a few successes this year, but Trump decided to only focus on the negative.

“Instead, Trump used each ceremony as an opportunity to denounce Democrats for opposing his multibillion-dollar demands for U.S. taxpayer money to fund a southern border wall, launching Washington into its third partial shutdown this year,” Kane wrote.

“It’s an embarrassing end to a two-year run for McConnell and Ryan. For months they respectively called this the ‘most successful Congress’ for Republicans and claimed it set ‘a record pace’ for legislative production.”

Trump’s desire for a border wall overshadows any positive action from the GOP, such as helping to pass a historic prison reform bill.

“Time and again, Trump has paid lip service to these issues that Republicans consider wins and instead has focused on his demands for a border wall. Early this year, after the tax cuts took effect, GOP leaders winced as Trump focused on other issues and saw public approval for the legislation fade away,” he said.

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He noted that Ryans last moments on the House Floor was weak and nothing but a “whimper” as he realized the government would shut down. Republicans will end the year in a government shutdown because Trump refused to sign off on the budget until funding is approved for his border wall.

“Ryan’s last moment on the House floor came Friday evening when he gaveled the empty chamber shut, the last legislative session of 2018 going out with a whimper,” he said.

Read the full article here.

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Internet stunned as pro-Trump reporter uses White House briefing to suggest the president depose Joe Scarborough

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At Thursday's White House briefing, OANN reporter Chanel Rion suggested to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany that President Donald Trump should welcome a defamation suit from MSNBC host and former congressman Joe Scarborough — so that Trump can depose him and further investigate the conspiracy theory that he murdered staffer Lori Klausutis.

Even McEnany herself seemed taken aback by the suggestion, saying "I have no further comments."

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Here's OAN's Chanel Rion asking Kayleigh McEnany about the possibility of Trump deposing Joe Scarborough in a lawsuit to find out if the MSNBC host actually killed Lori Klausutis. pic.twitter.com/rDyQlpMnov

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Trump claims he had to vote by mail because he was busy at the White House — he was actually golfing in Florida

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While pushing false conspiracy theories about mail voting, President Donald Trump has argued that he was allowed to vote by mail in Florida, because he was unable to vote in person. Like thousands of other claims made by the president, this one is simply not true.

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Kayleigh McEnany suggests Trump has never lied as she clashes with CNN’s Jim Acosta over Twitter’s fact-checking

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During an exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta this Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany suggested that Donald Trump has never intentionally lied during his tenure as president.

After discussing Trump's recent attacks on social media platforms for allegedly being biased against conservatives, McEnany called on Acosta, who asked her if she thinks Trump should be fact checked on Twitter.

"...especially this president, who has made so many false and misleading statements that has put fact checkers to work across the world," Acosta said, adding that the Trump administration is "trying to silence fact checking."

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